Myocardial infarction resulting from caffeine overdose in an anorectic woman

Ann Emerg Med. 1997 Jan;29(1):178-80. doi: 10.1016/s0196-0644(97)70326-3.


A 20-year-old bulimic woman ingested 20 g of caffeine in a suicide attempt. After being evaluated and discharged from the emergency department, she was readmitted with ECG changes and ultimately found to have sustained a subendocardial infarction. This case highlights the wide-ranging health consequences of eating disorders and the toxicity of caffeine overdose.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Bulimia / complications*
  • Caffeine / poisoning*
  • Central Nervous System Stimulants / poisoning*
  • Drug Overdose
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Myocardial Infarction / chemically induced*


  • Central Nervous System Stimulants
  • Caffeine